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2002 Fall Eastern Section Meeting
Boston, Massachusetts, October 5-6, 2002
Meeting #979

Associate secretary:
Lesley M. Sibner, AMS


Boston is a popular tourist destination in the fall, so participants should make their own arrangements directly with a hotel of their choice as early as possible. Special rates have been negotiated with the hotels listed below. Rates quoted do not include sales tax of 12.45%. The AMS is not responsible for rate changes or for the quality of the accommodations. When making a reservation, participants should state that they are with the American Mathematical Society meeting group. Cancellation and early checkout policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation.

The Colonnade, 120 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116; 616-424-7000, fax: 617-424-1717; \$179/single or double; full-service hotel, award-winning restaurant, indoor parking (fee charged), business center, etc.; a 12-minute walk in a safe area to the meeting site on the Northeastern University campus. See for more details. Deadline for reservations is September 6, 2002.

DoubleTree Guest Suites, 400 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston, MA, 617-783-0090, fax: 617-783-0189; \$159/single or double; full-service all suites hotel, indoor parking (fee charged), heated indoor pool, etc.; 1.5 miles from the meeting site but not easily walkable to campus because of the highway system between the hotel and campus. On-demand shuttle service will take you to and from the meeting site for \$2 each way. Deadline for reservations is September 4, 2002.

Special Notice: Please see the AMS Sectional Meetings Message Board for information on participants looking for roommates.

Food Service

Fast food outlets in the Curry Student Center (Pizza Hut, D'Angelo's, and others) will be open on Saturday and Sunday. In addition, a campus cafeteria in Stetson Hall with a fixed-price "all you can eat" menu will be open on Saturday and Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. A list of nearby restaurants will be available at registration.

Local Information

The meeting will take place at Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA. For local information please consult the website maintained by Northeastern at and the website maintained by the Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau at A good campus map is at

Other Activities

AMS Book Sale: Examine the newest titles from AMS! Most books will be available at a special 50% discount offered only at meetings. Complimentary coffee will be served courtesy of AMS Membership Services.

AMS Editorial Activity: An acquisitions editor from the AMS book program will be present to speak with prospective authors. If you have a book project that you would like to discuss with the AMS, please stop by the book exhibit.

TA Development Using Case Studies: A Workshop for Faculty: Solomon Friedberg, Boston College, will guide workshop participants in the effective use of the case studies method as a tool in preparing Teaching Assistant for their important role as classroom instructors. The faculty edition of the publication Teaching Mathematics in Colleges and Universities: Case Studies for Today's Classroom, from the CBMS series Issues in Mathematics Education, will be provided to workshop participants at no charge, compliments of the AMS. For a recent review of the book, visit MAA Online The workshop will be held on Sunday, October 6, 9:30 a.m.--10:50 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.--3:30 p.m.

Travel support awards of \$200 per department are available for up to ten departments. (At most two faculty representatives from each department, please.) Travel support is provided by the Calculus Consortium for Higher Education, and to be eligible for this support, faculty representatives must have their department chair send a letter to the AMS stating the department's serious intent to use the case studies materials in their TA training or development program.

Space in the workshop is limited so please contact the Professional Services Department at the AMS at or 401-455-4107 to sign up for the workshop and to request consideration for travel support. For questions about the workshop program, please contact Professor Freidberg at or 617-552-3002.


Visitors to the university can park in the Renaissance Park Garage, 835 Columbus Avenue, Boston, open 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily; or at the Gainsborough Garage, 10 Gainsborough Street, Boston. Both lots are on the Northeastern University campus. The parking fee is based on an hourly rate structure, from \$3.00 for one hour to a maximum of \$24. No overnight parking is permitted. To obtain the most up-to-date information concerning weekend visitor parking, call the Husky Office, 617-373-8322, or Campus Police, 617-373-2121, or go to


Registration fees (payable on site only) are \$40/AMS or CMS members; \$60/nonmembers; \$5/emeritus members, students, or unemployed mathematicians. Fees are payable by cash, check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Registration will take place in the Curry Student Center and will be open on Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to noon. The plenary talks will also be in the Curry Student Center; other sessions will be scheduled in academic buildings within walking distance.


Logan International Airport is located three miles from downtown Boston and approximately six miles from Northeastern University. Logan is easily accessible by public transportation (subway and bus routes are operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (known as the MBTA or the "T"), water shuttle, and taxi service. A free shuttle bus marked "MASSPORT" stops at each airline terminal, the "T" station, and the water shuttle dock. The "T" will take you to all downtown points, including Northeastern University and The Colonnade Hotel. Van or taxi service from Logan to downtown Boston is about \$15­\$20,various commercial shuttle services available outside baggage claim are about \$10, and public transportation is under \$2. These fees are subject to change. Go to for more information.

Public transportation: Boston's public transportation system is one of the most extensive in the country. The Massachusetts Bay Tranportation Authority (MBTA), known as the "T", provides direct service to just about anywhere in the city. The four main lines--Blue, Green, Red and Orange--all run into the downtown Boston area and out to different neighborhoods. From downtown Boston take a Green Line "E" train outbound to the Northeastern University stop. "T" fares range from \$1.00­\$2.50. The "T" runs on Saturday from 5:00 a.m. to 12:45 a.m., and on Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.

Northeastern is also accessible to regional commuter rail. Ruggles Station is located on the periphery of the Northeastern University campus. Information on local subway, bus, and commuter rail stops and schedules is available at

Train service: Amtrak services Boston's Back Bay Station at 145 Dartmouth Street (closest to Northeastern University and The Colonnade Hotel) and South Station at Atlantic Avenue in Boston. Go to for schedules and fares.

Interstate bus service: Bus service is widely available throughout Massachusetts. Greyhound and Peter Pan bus lines provide frequent service to all parts of the region from their downtown Boston terminals.

Driving to Northeastern University: Please be aware that downtown Boston is in the midst of the "Big Dig" roadway construction project, and routes are subject to change.

From north of Boston: Take Interstate 93 or Route 1 south to the Storrow Drive exit. Proceed to the Fenway exit. Follow signs for Boylston Street inbound. Bear right onto Westland Avenue. Turn right onto Massachusetts Avenue, then right at the third traffic light onto Columbus Avenue. The Renaissance Parking Garage is at 835 Columbus Avenue.

From west of Boston: Take Interstate 90, Massachusetts Turnpike, east to Exit 22, Copley Square. Bear right at the exit split. Turn right at the traffic light onto Dartmouth Street, then right at next light onto Columbus Avenue. The Renaissance Parking Garage is at 835 Columbus Avenue.

From south of Boston: Take Route 93/3 north (Southeast Expressway) to Exit 18, Massachusetts Avenue. Proceed onto Melnea Cass Boulevard. Continue for approximately two miles and turn left onto Columbus Avenue. The Renaissance Parking Garage is at 835 Columbus Avenue.

Car rental: Special rates have been negotiated with Avis Rent A Car for the period September 28 to October 13, 2002, beginning at \$60.99/day for a subcompact car at the weekend rate. All rates include unlimited free mileage; the weekend rates quoted are available from noon Thursday until 11:59 p.m. Monday. Rates do not include state or local surcharges, tax, optional coverages, or gas refueling charges. Renter must meet Avis's age, driver, and credit requirements, and return to the same renting location. Make reservations by calling 800-331-1600 or online at Higher nonweekend and weekly rates are also available. Please quote Avis Discount Number B159266 when making reservations.


October temperatures average a comfortable high of 62° and a low of 46°. Fall weather is typically characterized by mild days and frosty evenings. You'll need a light jacket or a sweater

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